Kenya Is Accused of Forcing Suspected Gay Men to Take HIV and Anal Tests | VICE News

On November 6, 2015 Vice News reported:

Kenyan officials have come under fire from LGBT activists in the country over a case where authorities allegedly forced two men to undergo HIV and anal testing to verify whether or not they were gay — considered a crime in Kenya that can land someone in jail for up to 14 years.

The Nairobi-based National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (NGLHC) filed a lawsuit this week against a judge and police station in the small coastal town of Msambweni, claiming the officials ordered the testing during an ongoing trial against the defendants who face charges under the country’s anti-gay laws including “unnatural offenses” and trafficking “obscene material.”

Human rights lawyer and NGLHC head Eric Gitari said doctors at the Coast General Hospital in Mombasa took the individuals’ blood while they were in police custody, testing for HIV and Hepatitis B. The healthcare workers then reportedly made the men raise their legs in the air while they performed an anal exam.

The men’s trial is on hold until later this month, with Gitari filing the lawsuit to halt it from moving forward. According to him the procedures violate the constitutional rights of the men, whose identities have been withheld.

“We’re asking the courts to declare the entire case annulled and give compensation to the petitioners who [were] subjected to degrading treatment by the state,” Gitari said. “We want that precedent stopped… They’re treating homosexuality like a disease right now.”

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